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This movie is a tip more than anything, and it's just about a personal preference I have for the way I can use Text Wraps to create layouts that are more flexible. And the essence of it is this, you may remember that I said that everything is related to everything else, and this is another of those movies that I think proves that. I'm going to be using Text Wraps here, but in order to use them effectively I'm also using Baseline Grids. Baseline Grids are one of the subjects of the next chapter, so do be sure to check that out as well. It's all interconnected.
When I turn on my guides we can see I have got a five-column layout here, and I'm using that fifth outer column for white space. I'm also going to turn on my Baseline Grid. Now you'll notice--and it's no accident that my pictures have been sized to my grid increment-- you'll notice also that the Text Wrap Offset is the size of that grid increment, it's 12 points. Each of these pictures has an Object Style applied to it, it's called filled pic.
The override in this case reflects a manual cropping that I have just done to that picture. But the essence of the filled pic Object Style is that I have these Fitting Options set up for it. Auto-fit, Fill Frame Proportionally, and relevant to what we're discussing here, a Text Wrap applied to it. The text frames themselves go all the way to the top of the page, which means that if I were to take that out, then the text zips up to the top of the page.
So the essence of the tip is this, when you have Text Wraps applied to pictures, those Text Wraps will repel the text o that if you need to adjust your layout--I can just do this. I am pulling my picture down, and it's going to move the text out of the way. Now there are several things going on there. The Text Wrap is moving the picture out of the way, the size of the image is snapping to the Baseline Grid increment, and that's maintaining a consistent spacing beneath that picture a spacing consistent with our gutter values and with every other Text Wrap Offset that we have in this document, and the picture is auto resizing.
Now the Auto Resize is not a magic bullet. Sometimes it's not going to do exactly what you want. But more often than not, it's a very good starting point, and it means you don't need to rescale the image within your new size of the picture frame, so long as the picture frame is more or less the same aspect ratio. We can't make massive changes and expect it to work brilliantly. But that's the essence of the tip. Apply a Text Wrap, run your text frames from column top to column bottom.
It is the Text Wrap that will repel the text as necessary.
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